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Old 02-25-2014, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Now here is a Montana truck that I would expect to see on MtSilvertip's place. Definately has some advantages. Not sure what kind of money the guy put into this, but I'd love to have one.

Rez, you have a one ton, this is something you could do to your truck this week. Can you imagine rolling into the local grocery store parking lot with this? "But Officer, Montana Code states that I can use studs. What seems to be the problem?"


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Old 02-25-2014, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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I would love one of those!!
Wouldn't have to plow the road anymore!!!

I do have an old Tucker Sno-cat, worked pretty good too except it had British parts and those are kind of hard to come by for repairs.

I had thought about redoing it with modern parts, one of those "someday" projects....

The one in the video is bigger than mine, but on the same order.

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Old 02-25-2014, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Rez, you have a one ton, this is something you could do to your truck this week. Can you imagine rolling into the local grocery store parking lot with this? "But Officer, Montana Code states that I can use studs. What seems to be the problem?"
Dang, that's hot!

But when I showed it to my truck, it told me it ain't wearin' no punk spiked dog collars, even if it had to spend the winter stuck in a snowdrift.
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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I've seen those. A local rancher has one setting next to his shop. He dropped a little Mitsubishi engine in it, but hasn't finished it.
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Old 02-26-2014, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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Fall has gone
Winters fell
Spring is here
And it's cold as HELL!!

What the heck happened??? Supposed to be up near 40 today, but it was -11 at my house, and one of the women I work with had -18 at her place.

I almost think I prefer the 55 straight hours of snow we had this week, I didn't burn nearly as much wood. (I did have problems finding the woodpile under the snow though...)

Hope summer gets here before this spring freezes me to death

I've been trying to work on some knife orders, and my quench bucket keeps freezing. I burn a hole in the ice with one "quench", then by the time I reheat, work and try to quench again, it's frozen solid.
Makes it difficult to work.
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Old 02-26-2014, 07:45 AM
 
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I've seen those. A local rancher has one setting next to his shop. He dropped a little Mitsubishi engine in it, but hasn't finished it.
They're a lot of fun, and even have a heater in the cab Really the ticket in deep snow.

Mine is so old and small that it has a flathead 4 engine in it, and not much room for anything more!

The arctic conditions at the cabin would make it hard to run diesel, so I was thinking putting a gas engine in it, but finding a gas engine that small with enough power to turn the treads may mean I will have to either remove the engine cowling to make room for a larger engine, or go to the little 70 horse kibutu 3 cylinder diesel.

I would have to overhaul the final drive as well as the tracks as it has been sitting for a while, but it would sure make winter fun again
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Old 02-26-2014, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Fall has gone
Winters fell
Spring is here
And it's cold as HELL!!

What the heck happened??? Supposed to be up near 40 today, but it was -11 at my house, and one of the women I work with had -18 at her place.
Clear blue skies happened!

-19 here but didn't feel that cold. Had to peel off a layer of my eskimo suit while doing chores!

Currently -4. Supposed to make +28.

The sat view right now shows really confused weather. Arctic air mass hanging down from the north, warm air mass from the southern Pacific, and wet air from the west, all colliding over Montana.
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Old 02-26-2014, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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They're a lot of fun, and even have a heater in the cab Really the ticket in deep snow.

Mine is so old and small that it has a flathead 4 engine in it, and not much room for anything more!

The arctic conditions at the cabin would make it hard to run diesel, so I was thinking putting a gas engine in it, but finding a gas engine that small with enough power to turn the treads may mean I will have to either remove the engine cowling to make room for a larger engine, or go to the little 70 horse kibutu 3 cylinder diesel.

I would have to overhaul the final drive as well as the tracks as it has been sitting for a while, but it would sure make winter fun again
That's why Fred put the Mitz engine in there. Very small 4 cylinder and runs about 90 horse. It fit, but obviously needed some home made motor mounts. I haven't been over to his place in about a year, so I'm not sure if he's worked on it since. It usually works in the shop all winter, so he might have played with it again. I'll have to check.
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Old 02-26-2014, 01:44 PM
 
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Ok Rez, you asked for pictures. This morning, while checking snow levels for NOAA, I walked around the place and took some pics. 22 degrees below zero and the sun is not up yet, so the pictures might not be the best. If they are blurry, it's because I was outside for about a half hour with only a hoodie for the cold. I might have been shaking. hahahaha

Here's the mighty plow. More powerful than a locomotive, able to jump big rocks with a big enough head of steam. You can see the tool box where Timber rides. Plow is 54 inches wide which makes it just 3 inches wider, on each side, than the tires. The normal plow that they try and sell you is narrower than the wheels. That makes about as much sense as showering with your clothes on. My 4 wheeler is a Honda Rancher AT 400. With the street tires on it, I can cruise 55 on the highway and she runs straight. With the knobs on it, it's pretty squirly at 35.




This is driveway number 2, in front of my cabin. I am on the South end, looking North. On the right side of the picture, where I didn't plow, is the 6 new RV spaces I put in last summer. I still need to haul some dirt and gravel in, but power, water and sewer are already in. About 3 days of landscaping and they'll be ready.




This is driveway number 1, the main driveway. Cabins share this driveway with the big house and shop and barn and chicken coop and corral and fishing shanty at the river. I am standing at the street on the North end of the driveway, looking South.




This is the opposite end of the same driveway. Standing at the South end, looking North. The corral is behind me about 50 ft.




Next to my cabin, on the south side, is 2 RV spaces, empty right now. I keep them plowed as you never know when somebody is going to pull in. Monthly and longer rentals only. There is constructions, already starting and several of the crew members have been over and asked about spaces. Mike (owner) charges $300 a month and it includes water and sewer. Phone, power and cable, have to be gotten by the rv owner. You can see my old rusty Ford, and in the background is the big house, the shop is over to the left. By the way, that shed is a 10x10 shed with a 3/4 inch floor in it. It's setting on blocks. I put that shed together in the shop and then put a strap underneath it and pulled it over to that location, with my 4 wheeler. I built two of them, one for each cabin. When it was finished, it cleared the shop door by 3/4 of an inch. Thought I was going to have to get out the WD-40.




This picture is taken from right behind my cabin, looking south at the corral. You can see the team standing there. To the right is a small garage that houses some special wagons. Amish buggy and such. Behind the garage, is the chicken coop. The back 8 ft of the garage is for the chickens too. There is a small door for the chickens to come in from the coop to the garage where their nests are. During the day, the chicken coop is open and the chickens wander all around the property. The other side of the corral is the Tongue River. You can't see it, but about 80 ft on the other side of the chicken coop, next to the river, is a lean to with a cedar swing in it. Between it and the river is a big fire pit. Also, when I took the picture, I am standing in the city limits. The fence you see is city limit line. The horses are in the county. The property is 3 acres, 1.5 in the city, and 1.5 in the county. You can't see it in the pictures, but to the right of that garage is another corral where the colt is. There is a registered quarter horse colt. Coming on 2 years old, we've been harnessing it (haven't pulled anything yet) and we've been saddling it with a grain bag on the saddle. That cold is turned loose during the day to roam with the chickens. There is no fence on the West side of the property, and no gate going down the driveway. In the 1.5 years that colt has been here, it has never left the property. No matter where it is, I can call it, Dulcy, and it will come running to me. That little trick has cost me about 50 lbs of carrots, but well worth it. We're training it for single pull, for the two Amish buggys, a sled, and a sleigh. It will also be broke to ride. The team is the same way. They'll harness singly, or team, or you can saddle either one of them and ride. They are a pretty good spread when saddled, so if you are not used to setting with your legs off each fender of a ford, you'll soon learn that you can get mighty sore in a short time. They're pretty wide. hahahaha

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Old 02-26-2014, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Ok Rez, you asked for pictures.
Here's the mighty plow. More powerful than a locomotive, able to jump big rocks with a big enough head of steam. You can see the tool box where Timber rides. Plow is 54 inches wide which makes it just 3 inches wider, on each side, than the tires. The normal plow that they try and sell you is narrower than the wheels. That makes about as much sense as showering with your clothes on.
Sure does... either way, you're all wet. That's a lot of plowin' with a narrow blade. How long does it take you? 'Course, you can get in all the spots a truck couldn't, too...

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I built two of them, one for each cabin. When it was finished, it cleared the shop door by 3/4 of an inch. Thought I was going to have to get out the WD-40.
You should build 'em half an inch taller next time.

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In the 1.5 years that colt has been here, it has never left the property. No matter where it is, I can call it, Dulcy, and it will come running to me. That little trick has cost me about 50 lbs of carrots, but well worth it.
Haha, smart colt, got you trained all right

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The team is the same way. They'll harness singly, or team, or you can saddle either one of them and ride. They are a pretty good spread when saddled, so if you are not used to setting with your legs off each fender of a ford, you'll soon learn that you can get mighty sore in a short time. They're pretty wide. hahahaha
You might have to ride sidesaddle
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